RMERF Fall Count Concluded


The Fall 2019 Migration Count has concluded and ran from Sep 20th to Nov 15th with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily. This was the 28th consecutive year of vigilant recording. We thank all the sites’ principle observers and assistants in their daily viewing and reporting, a recognition to Rosemary with organizing the Mount Lorette count, and Peter Sherrington and Vance Mattson providing their location’s daily updates of the count. A complete analysis and presentation by Peter of the count will subsequently be published as PDFs. To view these, the count summary and blog from this seasons count or past counts, please view the Daily Count Resources page.

Please join RMERF for the 2020 Spring Count, Mar 1st to Apr 22nd! School and larger groups are welcome to come to the Mount Lorette site during the count period, but if you book ahead with us by contacting rosemary.rmerf@gmail.com, we can arrange extra support for your visit (all free of charge).

2020 AGM Reminder

RMERF Annual General Meeting
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00am. At the Alberta Wilderness Association Building (455—12 Street NW. Calgary, AB).

Keynote Speaker
Gordon Petersen, Travels in Mongolia, with a special look at the Golden Eagle Festival in Ölgii.

Please see the PDF for more information about the AGM.

CBC article on RMERF

K-Country golden eagle count dips to lowest level in more than 2 decades – Nov 14th, 2019

AWA Article on RMERF

The Sep 2019 Wildlands Advocate published by the Alberta Wilderness Association Journal, recently wrote an article about RMERF on page 4 if interested. The article Citizens Putting the “C” Into Conservation discussed a bit about the history of RMERF and its accomplishments with the addition of comments about the 2018 count final report and the decrease in number of eagles. Please see their website to download a PDF of the journal: https://albertawilderness.ca/publications/wild-lands-advocate/.

RMERF in the News – Weather Network visit

Kyle Brittain from The Weather Network interviewed RMERF observers during the Fall 2018 count at Mount Lorette site. Link to the video.

In Memorial: James H. Davis

As a result of a tragic accident while bicycling, Jim Davis passed away on
Canada Day, 1 July 2018, while in intensive care at the Foothills Medical
Centre in Calgary. Jim was a highly respected Principal Observer for the
Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) spring and fall raptor
counts conducted from Hay Meadows (also known as the Mount Lorette site).

I first met Jim while on the fall 2008 count when he visited the count site.
He quickly demonstrated a very high level of knowledge of all birds that
passed by, and better yet he volunteered to be an observer whenever he could.
We were first able to take advantage of his skills on the spring 2009 count
and increasingly on all counts since. He was a terrific teacher and always
spoke enthusiastically about the count with visitors. Jim proved to be one
of our top skilled and most reliable Principal Observers.

Jim will be sorely missed by all involved with the Rocky Mountain Eagle
Research Foundation spring and fall migrating raptor count efforts.

Cliff Hansen
Past Coordinator for the RMERF Lorette Raptor Counts



Despite challenging weather conditions, we had a great turnout for our 2018 AGM. 

Peter Sherrington presented his annual count report, and discussed the trends we’ve seen over the past 25 years.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our guest speaker, Holly Duvall, Executive Director of the Alberta Institute For Wildlife Conservation (http://www.aiwc.ca/), located in Madden, Alberta. Holly gave a very informative talk about the challenges and successes of wildlife rehabilitation, with a special emphasis on the Institute’s work with raptors.

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